If you choose to purchase the property with owner financing, your mortgage will contain a restriction that prohibits you from constructing or installing a residential dwelling on the property while your loan is outstanding. This does not mean you are purchasing a property that cannot be used for residential purposes, rather it only means that the property cannot be used for residential purposes while the owner financing is in place. This typically does not affect our customers from using the property the way they intended.
Customers who do purchase land with the intention to build a home typically finance the construction or purchase of the dwelling through a third-party lender such as a bank or credit union. If you obtain a loan from a bank or credit union to build your home (cabin, house, mobile home), the lender will require you to give both the land and home as collateral for the mortgage. This means that your lender will usually pay off the owner-financing loan and will provide financing for both the land and the improvements you intend to construct or purchase.
In addition, the land can be used for recreational purposes while the property is subject to the owner-financed mortgage. Many of our customers place RVs, campers, pole barns or other recreational structures on the property that can be used for weekend getaways. Please be sure to verify that the location you are interested in purchasing does not have deed or county restrictions that prohibit an RV or camper.
If you are paying cash for the land, then it can be used for residential purposes immediately upon taking ownership. If you are borrowing from a third-party to finance your purchase of land, please consult with your lender to determine what conditions or restrictions are applicable to your loan.